MARC's bullying & cyberbullying prevention programs for K-12 students are unique in that most services are delivered by trained graduate and undergraduate students from Bridgewater State University, in a high-status peer model. All our students are closely supervised by MARC faculty.
We offer our anti-bullying programs to all K-12 schools in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts*. Currently, the program is grant-supported and participating schools located within about 45-60 minutes of BSU do not have to pay for it, although they are asked to cooperate with the research.
*Student Services may still be available for Out of State or Country schools. Please inquire using our Request Form
Even if your school decides to resume large-group assemblies, at the present time MARC does not believe we can ensure the health and safety of our Graduate students presenting such assemblies in person. For this reason, we are developing a new program:
Virtual In-Class Assemblies and Discussions. Using an online platform, graduate students will lead a lively information session and discussion with students seated in their individual classrooms with 30 or fewer students. Schools can choose a presentation and discussion session from the options listed below, simultaneously delivered to up to 5 different classrooms (that means that a total of 150 students per presentation is possible).
Students and at least one teacher would be in each classroom and the MARC student would be broadcast on a screen at the front of the room. Interactive tasks for each classroom will be included. (Note: this should not be done in an auditorium or other large setting because of its interactive nature. We also do not recommend this for Kindergarten students.)
Schools will need to have the technological capacity to project an Internet-connected computer screen. We are sensitive to the fact that not all schools may have this capacity, and these schools can utilize our free, research-based curricula.
Graduate students will be limited to 2 presentations each day. We are aware that this means that fewer students will be reached; we encourage the use of Curricula for other students. If you're interested in more than 2 presentations, our Manager of Programs can provide these for a small fee.
Because all virtual assemblies are done with smaller groups (30 or fewer students) and they are all interactive, MARC requires the participation of an educator or counselor in EACH room.
Please note that ALL of our assemblies must still be presented in age-appropriate groups. Click on the LEARN MORE buttons found within each selection for a detailed explanation and breakdown of grades for each presentation.